History Creator / DavidLetterman

12th Sep '16 5:02:45 PM Aquila89
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'''David Letterman''' (born April 12, 1947) is an American TalkShow host famous for (re)defining the genre in the post-[[Series/TheTonightShow Johnny Carson]] era. Letterman's shows (''The David Letterman Show'' in 1980, ''Series/LateNight'' from 1982-93, and the ''Late Show'' from 1993-2015) came to be known as examples of the "[[PostModernism Anti-Talk Show]]", a show that is relentlessly [[LampshadeHanging self-aware]] and intent on deconstructing the conventions of the very medium that gives it life.

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'''David Michael Letterman''' (born April 12, 1947) is an American TalkShow host famous for (re)defining the genre in the post-[[Series/TheTonightShow Johnny Carson]] era. Letterman's shows (''The David Letterman Show'' in 1980, ''Series/LateNight'' from 1982-93, and the ''Late Show'' from 1993-2015) came to be known as examples of the "[[PostModernism Anti-Talk Show]]", a show that is relentlessly [[LampshadeHanging self-aware]] and intent on deconstructing the conventions of the very medium that gives it life.
30th Aug '16 6:51:30 PM PaulA
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* LongRunner: Combining his ''Late Night'' (NBC) and ''Late Show'' (CBS) runs, Dave spent a whopping 33 years as a late-night television host.
** The gap between the two shows was only about 9 weeks. As he joked on his first CBS show, "When you think about it, all I really did was take the summer off".
19th Aug '16 7:07:25 PM Lirodon
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* UnfortunateNames: For a month in 1995, Dave was absolutely obsessed with a man from Saskatchewan named Dick Assman. Yes, you read that right. He eventually even got the guy on the phone, first talking to his business partner before saying "I'd love to keep talking to you, but your name isn't silly enough."

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* UnfortunateNames: For a month in 1995, Dave was absolutely obsessed with a man gas station employee from Saskatchewan named Dick Assman. Yes, you read that right. He eventually even got the guy on the phone, first talking to his business partner before saying "I'd love to keep talking to you, but your name isn't silly enough."
10th Aug '16 1:08:17 PM JudasZala
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** In response to NBC putting up a billboard in New York City proclaiming ''The Tonight Show'' the #1 show in late night, Letterman had CBS [[http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/090529/GAL-09May29-2110/media/PHO-09May29-163805.jpg put up a bigger billboard]], declaring his show #3 in late night. (At the time, ABC's ''Nightline'' finished in second.)
5th Aug '16 5:10:46 PM wyattte
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* TheAtoner: In October of 1993, Creator/BillHicks made his last TV appearance before his death, on ''Late Night,'' and performed a set that didn't make it to air due to its content. Bill was, uh, [[BerserkButton not pleased with this,]] and made no secret of his bitterness during his final months. Sixteen years later, on January 30, 2009, Dave discussed the incident, took the blame for the decision, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2QXBd1i4KI had an interview with Bill's mother, Mary Hicks]], where he profusely apologized. He then presented Bill's unaired set in its entirety.


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* MustMakeAmends: In October of 1993, Creator/BillHicks made his last TV appearance before his death, on ''Late Night,'' and performed a set that didn't make it to air due to its content. Bill was, uh, [[BerserkButton not pleased with this,]] and made no secret of his bitterness during his final months. Sixteen years later, on January 30, 2009, Dave discussed the incident, took the blame for the decision, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1NTmnG0hmA had an interview with Bill's mother, Mary Hicks]], where he profusely apologized. He then presented Bill's unaired set in its entirety.
14th Jul '16 5:36:02 PM jormis29
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--->"It's a pleasure for me to introduce my first guest. With credits that include ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', the films ''Film/{{Meatballs}}'', ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', ''Where the Buffalo Roam'', and ''Film/{{Stripes}}'', Bill Murray has become one of the top box-office draws in show business, and besides that he's a very funny man, and it's a pleasure to have him [on our first program / as our next-to-the-last show guest]. Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Murray."

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--->"It's a pleasure for me to introduce my first guest. With credits that include ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', the films ''Film/{{Meatballs}}'', ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', ''Where the Buffalo Roam'', ''Film/WhereTheBuffaloRoam'', and ''Film/{{Stripes}}'', Bill Murray has become one of the top box-office draws in show business, and besides that he's a very funny man, and it's a pleasure to have him [on our first program / as our next-to-the-last show guest]. Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Murray."
23rd Jun '16 1:29:34 AM Ezclee4050
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** The first episode of ''Late Night'' in 1982 opened with Larry "Bud" Melman delivering a slightly reworded version of the famous opening monologue from ''[[Film/Frankenstein1931 Frankenstein]]''.
23rd Jun '16 1:24:04 AM Ezclee4050
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* BadassBeard: Briefly grew one during the 2008 writers' strike, but has more notoriously sported a huge beard since his retirement.

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* BadassBeard: Briefly grew one during the 2008 2007 writers' strike, but has more notoriously sported a huge beard since his retirement.
23rd Jun '16 1:22:38 AM Ezclee4050
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* BadassBeard: Briefly grew one during the 2008 writers' strike, but has more notoriously sported a huge beard since his retirement.
17th May '16 9:58:39 PM Nylsa
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* ChannelHop[=/=]ExecutiveMeddling: Pissed that NBC execs picked Jay Leno over him to host ''Tonight'', Letterman took his show to CBS, where he had to make a few changes for the 11:30 slot that seemed minor at first but ultimately ended his peak until NBC's Jay-vs-Conan meltdown in 2009.
** Carson himself never forgave NBC for picking Leno over Letterman, as he always thought that Letterman was the best choice to succeed him. As such, whenever Carson got an idea for a joke while in his retirement, he would send them to Letterman instead of Leno. And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9i6A6LGwa4 Carson himself showed up on-air]], the applause was ''deafening''. Both men were clearly overwhelmed by it.



* GuestHost: Letterman became famous as Johnny Carson's guest host on ''Series/TheTonightShow''. Much later in his career, Letterman would have heart surgery and a bout with shingles that led to famous guest hosts for his show, like Regis Philbin, Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/BillCosby, Creator/WillFerrell, Creator/JimmyFallon, Music/ElvisCostello, Creator/AdamSandler, Tom Green, Megan Mullaly, Vince Vaughn, and BonnieHunt.

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* GuestHost: Letterman became famous as Johnny Carson's guest host on ''Series/TheTonightShow''. Much later in his career, Letterman would have heart surgery and a bout with shingles that led to famous guest hosts for his show, like Regis Philbin, Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/BillCosby, Creator/WillFerrell, Creator/JimmyFallon, Music/ElvisCostello, Creator/AdamSandler, Tom Green, Megan Mullaly, Vince Vaughn, and BonnieHunt.Bonnie Hunt.



* OrphanedPunchLine: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNn60k4N9rU This clip]] from a 1985 episode has guest JohnnyCarson delivering the punchline to a joke that he'd started on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' earlier that night: "And the man says to Mrs. O'Hara, 'I'm not so sure about that, he got out three times to go to the bathroom'." [[note]] The first part of the joke -- A man knocks on the door of Mrs. O'Hara and says, "I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but your husband died today after falling into a vat of beer." Mrs. O'Hara says, "Oh no! Well...at least he died quickly." [[/note]]

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* OrphanedPunchLine: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNn60k4N9rU This clip]] from a 1985 episode has guest JohnnyCarson Johnny Carson delivering the punchline to a joke that he'd started on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' earlier that night: "And the man says to Mrs. O'Hara, 'I'm not so sure about that, he got out three times to go to the bathroom'." [[note]] The first part of the joke -- A man knocks on the door of Mrs. O'Hara and says, "I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but your husband died today after falling into a vat of beer." Mrs. O'Hara says, "Oh no! Well...at least he died quickly." [[/note]]
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